Sussex

Goodwood House jewellery theft: 'Substantial reward' offered

Emerald ring stolen from Goodwood House Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption An emerald and diamond ring given as a gift by Charles II to his mistress

A "substantial reward" has been offered after heirlooms, including a ring given by Charles II to a mistress, were stolen from a stately home.

A tiara and more than 40 diamond, sapphire and emerald items were stolen during a break-in at Goodwood House, West Sussex, on 13 January.

The jewellery belonging to Lord and Lady March is said to be irreplaceable.

Police have not given a figure for the reward being offered in return for information about the missing items.

Jewellery stolen from Goodwood House

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Image caption A diamond tiara worth £400,000 was among 40 heirlooms stolen from Goodwood House

1820 diamond tiara worth £400,000

  • Diamond necklace from the first half of the 19th Century worth £200,000
  • Emerald and diamond ring engraved with Duchess's coronet and monogram CL for Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, the mistress of Charles II
  • Antique Rolex and Girard Perregaux watches

Det Insp Till Sanderson, of Sussex Police, said his team had been working closely with Lord and Lady March and the estate to trace and identify the people responsible for the theft of this "treasured property".

"I hope the offer of a substantial reward by the insurers, for information leading to the recovery of important items of jewellery and personal effects of historical significance, will encourage anyone who knows anything to come forward," he added.

A 26-year-old man from Hampshire who was arrested in connection with the raid has been bailed until February.

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Image caption Lady March (left) and Lord March (right) with actor Tom Cruise (centre) at Goodwood Racecourse

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